Top 100, Redux

Why, you might ask, when I've already got a Top 100 list, would I bother making another? Well, almost immediately after making the last one there were changes I wanted to make. Nearly six months on it seems completely out of date, missing hugely important films, and ranking comparatively unimportant ones far too high. One's opinion of a film shifts gradually over time; thoughts on 100 of them concurrently shift considerably each moment. This list is a rather accurate summation, at this very moment, of the films which matter the most to me in life. Comments welcome as ever, feel free to tell me how utterly stupid my choices are.

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    1

  • Winter Light

    2

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    3

  • Satantango

    4

  • The Turin Horse

    5

  • The Four Times

    6

  • The Seventh Seal

    7

  • Synecdoche, New York

    8

  • Times and Winds

    9

  • Germany Year Zero

    10

  • Peeping Tom

    11

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    12

  • You, the Living

    13

  • The Man from London

    14

  • The White Ribbon

    15

  • Summer Interlude

    16

  • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

    17

  • Waltz with Bashir

    18

  • The Night of the Hunter

    19

  • Tulpan

    20

  • Code Unknown

    21

  • Wild Strawberries

    22

  • Close-Up

    23

  • Garage

    24

  • Alamar

    25

  • Metropolis

    26

  • Mother and Son

    27

  • L'âge d'or

    28

  • Taste of Cherry

    29

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    30

  • Russian Ark

    31

  • Damnation

    32

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    33

  • The Fire Within

    34

  • Videodrome

    35

  • Whisky

    36

  • Withnail & I

    37

  • The Magician

    38

  • Ivan's Childhood

    39

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    40

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    41

  • The Seventh Continent

    42

  • Caché

    43

  • Crash

    44

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    45

  • The 400 Blows

    46

  • Shadows and Fog

    47

  • Naked Lunch

    48

  • World of Glory

    49

  • Save the Tiger

    50

  • O'Horten

    51

  • The Piano Teacher

    52

  • Three Colors: Blue

    53

  • Three Colors: Red

    54

  • Ice Palace

    55

  • Walkabout

    56

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    57

  • From the Life of the Marionettes

    58

  • Revanche

    59

  • The Shining

    60

  • Of Gods and Men

    61

  • Naked

    62

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    63

  • Dead Ringers

    64

  • Almanac of Fall

    65

  • The Wicker Man

    66

  • Grizzly Man

    67

  • Mulholland Drive

    68

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    69

  • Of Time and the City

    70

  • Don't Look Now

    71

  • Camera Buff

    72

  • Lost Highway

    73

  • The Godfather: Part II

    74

  • The Godfather

    75

  • Barton Fink

    76

  • Network

    77

  • A Serious Man

    78

  • Shame

    79

  • Unforgiven

    80

  • Umberto D.

    81

  • The Conversation

    82

  • Brief Encounter

    83

  • Another Year

    84

  • The Graduate

    85

  • 12 Angry Men

    86

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    87

  • Manhattan

    88

  • The Mascot

    89

  • Attenberg

    90

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    91

  • Melancholia

    92

  • Deconstructing Harry

    93

  • Hunger

    94

  • When the Wind Blows

    95

  • The Tree of Life

    96

  • Serpico

    97

  • Dogtooth

    98

  • Casablanca

    99

  • The Birthday Party

    100

25 Comments

  • It does have a vibe of grave seriousness to it, doesn't it? I need to lighten up!

  • It does, I guess. Nothing wrong with that though. Few questions for you:

    Never seen a Bergman... where to begin?

    Never seen a Tarr... where to begin?

  • Bergman... perhaps The Seventh Seal is best. It's his most widely loved for a good reason, surprisingly funny, and a solid introduction to his style and themes. As for Tarr, I always recommend going for Werckmeister Harmonies first. It was my first (and at a time when I wasn't really into art film at all) and it blew me away. It's by far his best, and I guess probably his most accessible too. You need to know you're okay with his style before trying Satantango or The Turin Horse, and Damnation and The Man from London just aren't as good. Werckmeister is the way to go.

  • Thanks, Seventh Seal was the one I was aiming at as well. As for Tarr, it does seem that his films are a little harder to get a hold of. I'll have to see what can be done.

  • Just watched Once Upon A Time In Anatolia yesterday, Ronan. I was blown away by it. Thanks to you, that is, in a way.

  • Great to hear! I always feel a little trepidatious putting new films in my top 100 but there was just no way I couldn't in this case.

  • I know the feeling. Is there anything you'd recommend I go ahead and watch next, something similar, you know?

  • Pardon the extreme delay, my internet access has almost entirely evaporated lately (you have no idea how much it pains me to have my Letterboxd diary totally out of date). I suppose the likes of Le Quattro Volte, Tulpan, and Alamar might be your best bet. A similar focus on landscapes above all else, though none are quite as dark in tone.

  • Thanks, I'll keep those in mind. Le Quattro Volte especially intrigues me for some reason.

  • I just watched Attenberg. I initially hated it and now I'm slowly starting to like it. It's a very strange film. I think my appreciation well grow for it on a rewatch like Dogtooth.

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